And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
We saw at the end of our last post that the Holy Spirit does not condemn us. He also does not convict us of our sins (plural). The Holy Spirit only convicts us of the sin of not accepting Jesus’ sacrificial payment for our sins.
Have you invited Jesus into your heart?
Have you humbled yourself and accepted His forgiveness?
These are the questions that the Holy Spirit is focused on.
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
Our individual acts of sin have been forgiven. Jesus paid the price due but we must accept and appropriate His gift of forgiveness. The Holy Spirit works in the hearts of unbelievers drawing them to Jesus. Mankind was given a freewill and not everyone will choose to respond to His drawing and turn to Jesus.
The Holy Spirit does not convict us of each individual sin. This does not mean we have a license to sin though. It is all about our relationship with Jesus though!
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
Christians should be drawing closer to God every day. Our individual sins are forgiven and cleansed by the blood but allowing them to continue in our lives causes us to move away from God. There will be some habits that may take time for us to be delivered us. The key to victory is continuing every day. If we miss praying for a day, we will find the Holy Spirit waiting for us the next. I encourage you to keep pressing into prayer and the Word!
The Holy Spirit works in the hearts of men and women to draw them to Jesus. It doesn’t matter how good a person is or how holy they are If they have not received Jesus they will go to hell.
The sin of rejecting Jesus is a billion times worse than murder, lying, or any other sin we can think of. There is no sin we can commit that will ever compare to a person spurning or rejecting the sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross.
There are people who think that God punishes us because of our individual sins. This leads to comments like the following:
“It doesn’t seem fair that a person who lived a moral life would be sent to hell.”
“It doesn’t seem fair that a person who lived a good life could end up in the same hell as Hitler.”
We need to understand that our sins will not send us to hell because they have been paid for with the blood of Jesus. The only sin that will send a person to hell is whether or not they reject the payment God made for their sin.
Coming to an understanding that it is the rejection of Jesus that sends people to hell will change our entire viewpoint. It doesn’t matter if a person lives in immoral sins or just lives their life doing their own thing, if they ignore the greatest gift that God has given the human race they will end up in hell.
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